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Pusty Hrad (Deserted Castle), Zvolen

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Ruin Castle
Pustý hrad is a castle whose ruins are located on a forested hill in the southern part of Zvolen in central Slovakia. With an area of 76,000 m² it is arguably one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. The original name was Zvolen Castle or Old Zvolen; Pustý hrad (meaning "deserted castle") is a much later name used to distinguish the ruin from the present-day Zvolen Castle. Pustý hrad consists of two parts, the Upper Castle and the Lower Castle.The strategic hill site upon the river Hron attracted settlers as early as the late Stone Age (Baden culture). A stone-earth wall discovered in 2009 under the western line of medieval fortification included shreds of pottery from the late Stone Age inside its filling. Research carried out at the Upper Castle in 1992 - 2008 by Václav Hanuliak also identified stone walls built during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Excavations have unearthed many precious prehistoric artifacts, including several big bronze treasures of the Lusatian culture, fragments from the Kyjatice culture, and even pottery imported from the Roman Empire. The subsequent Slavic medieval castle was founded in the 9th century.
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  • There's a car park near the ice hockey stadium where you can begin your hike. It takes about 40 minutes to get up to the ruins, after you arrive to the "lower castle" it's about 500m to the Horny Hrad...  more »
  • To ruin a nice forest trail leads along hairpin bends on the road are also two branches on the prospects of the valley of the river Hron and Zvolen . výstume after the top of the castle hill opens to ...  more »
  • Pusty Hrad is apparently the largest castle complex in Central Europe. I know that books always mention Spissky Hrad to be the largest but it is only because Pusty Hrad is mostly in ruins. But extensi...  more »
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  • Nice tour rewarded with very nicely reconstructed history place with wonderful 360 view over the city Zvolen and surrounding hills and nature.
  • Nice view from the top. Great place for a trip with children.
  • Lovely place, great panoramatic view, quick access from the road, several fireplaces, informative boards.
  • Beautiful place with nice view of Zvolen. It's still a bit of a hike to get there, so might be a little challenging with young kids, but still very well worth it.
  • Nice place, short 40 min hike up. Very steep